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Old 01-02-2016, 04:33 PM   #11
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We've had no issues with the residential refer putting heat into the coach, even on hot days. However we do have dual roof Ac units. I can see where it might add additional burden to a coach in a hot environment with marginal air conditioning.

As a side note, we often had problems with the rv refers we've had over the years, and had to add fans to improve efficiency.

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Old 01-04-2016, 09:32 PM   #12
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Not worried about powering it during travel (like previously mentioned), im pretty much stationary with the odd couple hour trip to the lake during the summer, wouldnt be long enough that the fridge is going to completely thaw out.

I have considered the heat/venting. In the end its really no different than the factory heat absorption fridges. Fridge is sealed to the living area and cooling unit is open to atmosphere (through vents in slide). Though a resi fridge usually has a catch pan at the bottom for the moisture drain which would have to be removed and the hose ran to the outside vent just like the RV fridge. The vent that is at the front bottom of the fridge would also have to be sealed up to keep outside air from entering.

Or a guy can just cover up the outside vents and leave the fridge function as normal and dump heat into the trailer. we really dont get too much hot weather anyways.

As for the locking doors. Not really a big issue on the 395s as the fridge slides up to within a couple inches of the island, a guy can stuff a pillow in there to keep them from opening when everything smashes around in there. Though this would only work with a bottom freezer type fridge. Again, very rarely move the trailer so not a huge issue to deal with when the time arrives.

Getting a resi fridge into the slide (without dropping the slide) could be a real bear though, if a guy can even find one to fit in the existing spot. I can definitely forsee a guy having to pull the sliding door glasses and moving the resi fridge in through the garage and with the help of a few guys passing it over the island and dropping it into the slide at a 45deg angle hopefully without F'n up the countertops LOL. removing the old fridge would be easy, same process in reverse (if it doesnt fit through the side door)

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Old 01-05-2016, 07:35 PM   #13
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If you can find a fridge that fits in the 395 please share it on here. I have yet to find one and that is the reason we don't offer it in that floor plan.
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Old 01-05-2016, 08:31 PM   #14
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i have actually found a couple frigidaire models that would fit fairly well (just a tad narrower than the dometic). Think they were listed as apartment size or something.

Going to keep looking for something better though. The plain jane crappy apartment fridge doesnt exactly suit the décor, nor do i want an ugly piece of junk in my $80,000 turd

If i wasnt so scared of the slide seals all tearing off and everything busting to pieces towing it at -30c i would just haul it to town and let FCPP pay to have the local dealer replace the fridge (more than likely they would only do the cooling unit). But alas, being a fulltimer i cant exactly afford to have my house in the shop for a week or 2, or i would have them fix all the other things that have crapped out over the last year, at FCPP's expense of course (heat pads, stereo, microwave, switch panel light, power awning, awning lights and probably a few more im too bitter to remember)
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Old 01-06-2016, 08:18 AM   #15
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You might even want to look at so called "little people" models. I've been in homes (not with little people but with very short people in general) and I've seen fridges that are just...tiny for lack of a better word. Not dorm fridges mind you, but just smaller versions of the regular thing. Be worth a look...

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